Coffee and… A Bookish June

If you saw me last month saying I was getting back to regular blogging, no you didn’t. Anyway, here I am with a coffee looking back on another month of reading.

The Coffee:

This week, we’re drinking a coffee from Square Mile roasters. The Kenyan Chepsangor has tasting notes of clementine, honey and pineapple and is delicious hot and cold (which is handy with the temperamental weather we’re having recently.

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June saw us fully over the covid / chest infection combo, back to work and regular life. The lovely people at Nook installed my gorgeous bannister bookcase and I’m starting to decorate the hallway around it. Loving getting some colour in the house. S had his first covid jab. We had our first post-covid trip back to North Berwick, went on a puffin cruise boat trip, and had some lovely walks.

Reading wise, I’ve been doing okay. Getting new glasses last week means I can see words again which helps. I’m writing this a few days before it’s scheduled to go up and currently have one full and two half books from my TBR to finish, but I remain hopeful I can get through them before the end of the month.

reading stats

I chose my own TBR this month for Pride month and have read most of the books on it. My re-read for this month was Pet by Sophie Akwaeke Emezi. The Way Back read of the month was The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, and my “just because” book of the month was Glorious Poison by Kat Dunn because I couldn’t wait to pick it up.

Number of books read: 13 Pages Read: 4076

The Boy in the Red Dress, by Kristin Lambert: It’s a 1920s murder mystery where the main suspect is a drag queen. What’s not to love? I loved the characters, especially Millie whose  determination to save her friend was wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. 

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris: Thoroughly enjoyed this. It’s made me cackle out loud several times when out for a run (I don’t recommend listening to the colonoscopy chapter in public). I’ll definitely pick up more from David. 

The Wilderness Cure, by Mo Wilde: I was fascinated with this book about Mo eating only foraged food for a year and the things she learned from this. I learned a lot from reading it. I adored this book and didn’t want to put it down. 

Only on the Weekends, by Dean Atta: I will never stop being amazed at how much depth, plot and emotion Dean can pack into a verse novel. This was brilliant. I loved the characters, their friendships, how they developed and their stories. Definitely recommend this one. 

PET, by Akwaeke Emezi: An important, emotional and stunning read. I didn’t want it to end, and it’s one I will be thinking about for a long time.

Both Can Be True, by Jules Machias: I loved this book. MG whose main characters are a boy who has a lot of big feelings and Ash, who is non-binary and trying to navigate their gender at school. Mix in a storyline about them attempting a dog rescue and I was sold. Such a brilliant story. 

Dragon Rising, by Katie Tsang, Kevin Tsang: Another absolutely brilliant dragon adventure from Katie and Kevin. They get better every book. S and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next one! 

Glorious Poison, by Kat Dunn: I’m still recovering. This whole book is an emotional rollercoaster. I love this little crew of disasters and I am sad to see them go, but what an outstanding end to one of my all-time favourite trilogies. I loved it. 

The Midwinter Witch, by Molly Knox Ostertag: Absolutely loved this third book in The Witch Boy series. I loved the developments from the last book and there were many surprises. I hope there’s going to be more. 

You’ve Reached Sam, by Dustin Thao: I loved the premise of this. There were great characters and I liked how their individual stories linked together. The ending was brilliant but I struggled with parts of it and it wasn’t as emotional as I was expecting. 

Lost, Looking & Found, by Literary Salon, Edinburgh: Great collection of short stories and poems. Meet Cute was by far my favourite. Glad I got to read this collection my pal worked on. 

The Way Back Almanac 2023: A contemporary seasonal guide back to nature, by Melinda Salisbury: An absolute banger. I was thrilled to get an early copy of this to read. Perfect for everyone looking to get back to nature, whether you’ve read Mel’s 2022 almanac or not. Perfect blend of information and activities. I’m loving following this year’s and can’t wait to dive into this for 2023. 

The Grassling, by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett: Gorgeously written. I loved the parts where the author was talking about her dad and her family’s relationship to the land. Some of it went way over my head but I’m blaming covid brain fog for that. 

challenge updates
Storygraph: I’m up to 81 books out of my 150 book target, which means I am currently 8 ahead of where I need to be. I’m also on 28, 085 / 50,000 pages. I’ll take that.

52 Down in 2022: I’ve read 26 books towards this challenge, which puts me exactly half way at the middle of the year, so I assume right on target?

The Way Back Book Club: This month’s book club read was The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. I am half way through it, but it’s quite a small book so I expect to be finished soon.

Re-read Challenge: This month I re-read Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. It still packs a punch and is just as good and heart-wrenching as it was when I first read it.

TBR: I ended June with 63 books, but (confession time) that was a lie as I hadn’t counted my secret stash of ebooks and audiobooks. I’ve added them in this month which means I am ending June with 79 books. So much for getting that down. I’ve so many pre-orders arriving this monthso it’s not looking good for a reduction in July either.

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The books I’m excited for next month are:

  • Her Dark Wings by Melinda Salisbury
  • The Society for Soulless Girls by Laura Steven
  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Black Night Falling by Teri Terry
  • Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson
  • Something Certain Maybe by Sara Barnard
  • The King is Dead by Benjamin Dean

So many good books out in July. What’s on your radar this coming month?

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